Higher Education Leadership Certificate

For more information, email the Department of Educational Leadership at EdD@ecu.edu.

The Higher Education Leadership certificate is a graduate-level program designed to develop skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems in higher education. Program studies include the history of higher education; philosophies undergirding higher education policy, structure, and practice; finance; enrollment management and retention; and philanthropy and funding.

Why this certificate?

  • Graduate-level certificate program
  • Courses taught 100% online
  • Prefer 3 years experience in higher education
  • Courses may transfer to EdD program if admitted
  • Master’s degree required to apply
  • Start the program during any semester


  • Master’s degree required
  • Prefer 3 years of experience in higher education

How to apply and learn more

Apply for the certificate on the ECU Graduate School’s website. Application materials include:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities from whom you have earned a degree and those attended within the last 5 years
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV